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Automotive Technology Program Receives National Certification | Print |


July 2, 2012
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The Jefferson College Automotive Technology program has received five-year accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for meeting strict industry standards in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, and suspension/steering.

The Jefferson College Automotive Technology program has received five-year accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for meeting strict industry standards in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, and suspension/steering. 

The Jefferson College Automotive Technology program has received five-year accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for meeting strict industry standards in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, and suspension/steering. 

The purpose of seeking accreditation was to improve the quality of training offered. To achieve accreditation status, the program underwent a rigorous evaluation using nationally accepted standards of excellence in instruction, facilities, and equipment. 

“Achieving national accreditation status is a testament to the college’s never-ending obligation to provide students with the very best technical training and instruction,” said College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey. “I appreciate the long hours and dedication of our dean of career/technical education, our faculty, and the advisory committee professionals that helped make this exceptional accomplishment possible.” 

Led by instructors Gary Boyher and Gerard Uhls, the Automotive Technology program is a popular training option offered by the college, allowing students to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Career and Technical certificate. Graduates are employed at some of the most respected and well-known repair facilities throughout the region.  

“This program has a long history of high quality instruction and NATEF certification puts Jefferson College on a national level,” said Uhls. “As a result of the accreditation process, students will benefit a great deal from better technology, more hands-on training, and better job opportunities. We are very thankful for all the support we received from college personnel and the automotive professionals that made this happen.” 

The accreditation process began with an extensive self-evaluation performed by instructors, college administrators, and advisory committee members who compared the program to national standards and had the opportunity to make improvements before submitting evaluation documents to NATEF for review. As such, the program qualified for an on-site team evaluation visit which resulted in a five-year accreditation recommendation. 

“During the past year, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards, and now we are delighted to join the ranks of ASE accredited training programs,” said Boyher. “Students will be assured of continued quality education and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”
 
NATEF does not endorse specific curricular materials nor provide instruction. It does, however, set standards for the content of instruction, which includes tasks, tools and equipment, hours, and instructor qualifications. Program standards are developed based on ASE task lists and are designed to bring training programs to a level at which participants are properly trained for entry level into the industry.

NATEF is a non-profit foundation whose primary mission is to improve the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide through voluntary accreditation. The State Departments of Education in all 50 states support NATEF accreditation of automotive programs. 

ASE is a non-profit organization established in 1972 by the automotive industry to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive repair technicians.

NATEFIn recognition of excellence in meeting rigorous industry standards, the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program has received five-year accreditation by NATEF and ASE. Pictured with the accreditation plaque, from left, are Automotive Technology Associate Professor Gerard Uhls, Business and Technical Education Division Chair Dr. Mary Beth Ottinger, and Automotive Technology Professor Gary Boyher.

 

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